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Tarvarus McFadden
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Tarvarus McFadden 2310348
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 198
Year: Junior
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
High School: American Heritage

2016 Honors

Bronko Nagurski Finalist
First Team All-American (FWAA/Phil Steele/Campus Insiders {Sophomore})
Second Team All-America (Walter Camp/AFCA)
Fourth Team All-America (Athlon)
All-ACC First Team (Coaches & Media)
Jack Tatum Award (Nation’s Top Defensive Back by Touchdown Club of Columbus)
Finalist for Bronko Nagurski Award
 

2016: Seeing the first extended action of his career, finished with eight interceptions on the season, tied for the most in the country and second-most in FSU single-season history en route to First Team All-America honors from the FWAA and Phile Steele and All-ACC First Team accolades...was one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Award, which is given to the nation’s top defensive player…collected the Jack Tatum Award given to the nation’s top defensive back by the Touchdown Club of Columbus…recorded interceptions in eight different games, including against some of the top quarterbacks in the country: Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson (Louisville), Heisman runner-up Deshaun Watson (Clemson), Brad Kaaya (Miami) and Chad Kelly (Ole Miss)...totaled 20 tackles, including three tackles for loss, and six pass breakups to go along with his eight picks, while starting all 13 games…his fourth-quarter interception of Kelly sealed the victory over No. 11 Ole Miss in the season-opener…intercepted the Cardinals’ Jackson in the third quarter and also made two tackles…intercepted American Athletic Conference Player of the Year Quinton Flowers and had three tackles in FSU’s 55-35 win at USF…his interception of Kaaya in the end zone at No. 10 Miami came with the Seminoles trailing 13-3 in the third quarter and sparked Florida State to a 20-19 win over its rival…added a TFL against the Hurricanes…his second-quarter interception against Wake Forest was returned for a season-long 15 yards…intercepted Watson in the third quarter versus No. 3 Clemson and Dalvin Cook scored a touchdown on the next play to give the Noles the lead…had two tackles and a TFL against Clemson…had two tackles at NC State and recorded an interception for the fourth straight game…the pick came on the opening drive with the Wolfpack in field-goal territory…had an interception in the end zone at Syracuse…tallied a season-high four tackles and a pass breakup against No. 15 Florida…had two tackles and a pass breakup against No. 6 Michigan in the Orange Bowl…his eight interceptions are four more than any other Seminole under Jimbo Fisher (since 2010) and the most by a Nole since Terrell Buckley had 12 in 1991…his eight picks were the most by an ACC player since 2014. 

2015: Freshman defensive back that played in seven games, recording four tackles and one kickoff return for 26 yards...had one tackle in the opener against Texas State…first career kickoff return came against Chattanooga…finished with three tackles against the Mocs…expected to compete for a starting job at cornerback in 2016.

PERSONAL: Consensus five-star cornerback prospect from 2015 class who committed to FSU in October 2014…possesses the size (6-2, 197), speed and ball skills to be a dominant college cover corner…ranked the nation’s No. 3 defensive back in his class by Rivals and 247Sports, No. 4 by Scout and No. 5 by ESPN…consensus Top 10 prospect in Florida…rated the nation’s No. 13 overall player by Rivals, No. 17 by Scout and No. 19 by 247Sports…ranked No. 47 in the ESPN300…stood out at the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl practices according to recruiting experts and had an interception and an 87-yard kick return touchdown in the fourth quarter of the all-star game…named the Lockheed Martin Air Defender of the Year award winner – presented to the top prep defensive back in the country by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee...led American Heritage to a second consecutive 5A state championship by tallying five interceptions, 41 tackles, six pass breakups, two forced fumbles and scoring five total touchdowns in four different ways (one pick six, two punt returns, one kickoff, one reception)…captured 5A All-State First Team and American Family Insurance Florida All-State Team honors…named the 2014 All-Broward Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-Broward County Team…MaxPreps Medium School All-American…participated at Nike’s “The Opening,” an all-star summer prospect camp, in 2014…picked Florida State over Georgia and LSU...born January 28, 1997...majoring in criminology.

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